The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, the second race of a weekend doubleheader at the Pennsylvania track, was set based on the results of Saturday’s opening race.
Drivers’ starting positions for the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were determined two ways:
- The top 20 drivers’ finishing positions were inverted. Saturday’s race winner will start 20th on Sunday and the 20th-pace finisher will begin on the pole.
- Drivers who finished 21st through 38th Saturday will start in the same positions on Sunday.
NASCAR has used inversion for previous Pocono doubleheaders and went to it last year when tracks hosted multiple races during the week because of schedule changes forced by the COVID-19 shutdown.
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on Pocono Raceway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval:
Who won the pole for the NASCAR Sunday race at Pocono?
Chris Buescher will take the green flag Sunday after finishing 20th in Saturday’s race. Buescher held off Austin Dillon for the pole “win.” Michael McDowell will join Buescher on the front row after a 19th-place finish.
The rest of the top 10, respectively: Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick.
Race winner Alex Bowman will invert to the 20th starting position.
Kyle Larson finished ninth Saturday after the left front tire on his No. 5 car went flat on the last turn of the last lap, but has to drop to the rear of the field for the start of Sunday’s race because he’ll drive a backup car.
NASCAR starting lineup at Pocono
NASCAR used the official results of Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350. NASCAR inverted the order of the top 20 finishers in Saturday’s race, meaning the race winner will start 20th and the 20th-place finisher will start on the pole Sunday. The bottom 18 finishers in the 38-car field (21st through 38th) Saturday were assigned the same positions for Sunday.
|1||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|2||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|8||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|9||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|11||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|12||Kyle Larson*||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|14||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|15||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|17||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|19||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|26||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|27||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|28||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|31||Quin Houff||00||Starcom Racing|
|32||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|33||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|34||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|36||Corey Lajoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|37||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|38||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
*Larson will start at the rear of the field and race in a backup car Sunday because of a crash in Saturday’s race.